Lucy Briers

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Lucy Briers
Born (1967-08-19) 19 August 1967 (age 47)
London, England
Residence London

Lucy Briers (born 19 August 1967) is an English actress. She has received critical praise for her many film, television, and stage roles, including the premiere of Best Friends & Butterflies.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, London, Briers is the daughter of the actor Richard Briers and actress Ann Davies. From the age of nine, she knew that she wanted to be an actress.

Briers attended St Paul's Girls' School, London (1978—85); Lancaster University (where she studied theatre and sculpture); and then a three-year acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and National Youth Theatre[2] As well as acting, Briers plays both the piano and flute.


Briers is best known for playing Mary Bennet in the BBC's television adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (1995). Coincidentally, she appeared in an episode of Game On with Pride and Prejudice cast member Crispin Bonham-Carter, with Victoria Hamilton (Pride's Mrs Forster) in a stage production of As You Like It, and with Tom Hollander (Mr Collins in the 2005 version) in a stage production of Don Juan.

On TV, Briers narrated the documentary The Riddle of Pompeii, the 2001 series Nurses and Ladette to Lady.

In 2007 she appeared in Some Kind of Bliss, a new one-woman play by Samuel Adamson at the Trafalgar Studios, a role she reprised in the 2008 Brits off Broadway season.

In 2008 she appeared in the BBC drama Einstein and Eddington and a West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov. In 2011 she appeared in BBC Four's Twenty Twelve as Anna Mitchell, one of the three candidates for the post of curator of the Cultural Olympiad.

Select Credits[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Jenny Back on song – The New Musical Theatre Festival, The Stage (10 August 2005)
  2. ^ Maureen Paton "Lucy Briers: 'Emphysema robbed my father of his laughter’",, 2 November 2013

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